Lettuce Run 5K

Lettuce Run 5K

Mar 9, 2024

past date

Race Distance


Kids, Adults

Course Type

Point to point

Event Details

Please join the Van Cortlandt Track Club in our first ever Lettuce Run 5K to raise money for the Friendly Fridge Foundation, which was created with the sole purpose of supporting the Friendly Fridge BX with the purpose of rescuing and redirecting food into the community through outreach and action. The need is so great and the opportunity to effect change is enormous. The community has been so supportive that the Friendly Fridge BX is now in need of a more permanent location to take in more food for redistribution, but they need the funding to cover the annual rent. We have a lofty goal for this race, more than our club has ever raised in a single event, but we know our community is strong and runners value access to healthy food so we have faith that we will come together and raise the money they need. 

Why Do We Need the Friendly Fridge BX?

1. A single head of lettuce can take up to 25 years to decompose in a landfill, giving off harmful methane gas the whole time.

2. On average, the Friendly Fridge BX redirects over 55,000 lbs of food every month.

3. The Fridge stays full for less than an afternoon every day.

4. Last year alone, the Friendly Fridge BX served over 28,000 bowls of hot, nutritious vegetarian soup made mostly from redirected vegetables and rescued bread.

5. The Friendly Fridge BX partners with over 25 nearby schools, houses of worship and community organizations to rescue and redirect food. Nothing goes to waste.

6. The Friendly Fridge BX experiences over 2,500 visits weekly - mostly seniors and working people. 

This is a family friendly event, all abilities are welcome! If you're not interested in running the 5k, there will be a 1 mile walk and we will have kids races will start at 11am so bring the whole family! We will have giveaways, and the usual age group prizes and all money raised will go to support the Friendly Fridge BX and their quest to open a storefront to serve the community.

Read more about the Friendly Fridge here. If you aren't able to join us on March 9, please consider donating, every contribution helps keep more food from the landfills and gets it to someone who will eat it!

Sponsorships are available:

Main Course Sponsor: RAP4Bronx 

Salad Sponsor: The NorthStar Group

Soup Sponsor: $1,000 (10 spots available) - Name/logo on race T-shirt, mention in all race ads and press, 2 complimentary entries to the 5k Run or 1 Mile Walk, name/logo in Sponsor Plaque in the new Friendly Fridge storefront (10 spots available)

Goods & Services Sponsor: In kind donations:

Horace Mann School
Riverdale Country School
Kingsbridge Social Club
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Van Cortlandt Track Club
City Coach

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Lettuce Run 5K

The Bronx, NY, USA

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